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Herbal Antibiotics: N... BGE-1371



Stephen Harrod Buhner, 2012, 467 pp.

Growing Herbs,

This book begins with a thoroughly complete critique of current antibiotics and why they are quickly becoming useless. It then presents a much larger, more detailed, and more sophisticated listing of herbal antibiotics. "I've included the herbs you'll find here for either one of two reasons: 1) I, or practitioners I respect, have found them to be highly effective in practice in the treatment of antibiotic-resistant diseases, or 2) in-depth research and use in other countries has found them to be highly effective."

Buhner looks at three types of herbal antibiotics: Systemic, which can reach the whole body, Localized, which can mean the GI tract or the skin, and Synergists, herbs that help and accentuate the effects of the antibiotics (they generally augment the effects of pharmaceuticals as well).

Finally a rather modest section on making and using herbal medicines has grown into a 65 page Handbook of Herbal Medicine Making and An Herbal Formulary. This section alone is worth the price of this book.

"In the years since I wrote the first edition of this book, my knowledge of plant medicines and their use in healing has increased tremendously. Thus this new edition of Herbal Antibiotics is a great deal more comprehensive than that first, more simplistic effort. There are many more herbs included, and some of the old ones are gone or have been moved into another category of action - from an antibiotic to an immune herb, for instance (Echinacea is an example). And much of the original material on bacteria and bacterial resistance has been expanded considerably."

Thus begins the Preface to the Second Edition. This book has blossomed from 135 pages to 467 pages, reflecting both the growth of herbal knowledge and practice, and the seriousness of anti-biotic resistance.

"There are no new antibiotics being developed to treat there resistant strains. The most recent, tigecycline, entered the market in 2005. It is active against resistant forms of Acinetobacter but not resistant Pseudomonas. Only tigecycline and that rather dangerious older antibiotic, polymyxin, can now treat Acinetobacter, and polymyxin itself has begun to encounter resistant forms of the bacteria. But then, so has tigecycline."


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